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Oct 11, 2015

I’m trying to do a good job, says beleaguered Klinsmann

PASADENA, California (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann was once again preparing to come under the harsh glare of scrutiny after his team lost their CONCACAF Cup playoff match to Mexico 3-2 in extra time on Saturday.

Klinsmann had already been savaged by his critics after the U.S. produced their worst performance in 15 years at the Gold Cup in July, though his contract with U.S. Soccer is set to run through the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Oct 11, 2015

Soccer-I’m trying to do a good job, says beleaguered Klinsmann

PASADENA, California, Oct 10 (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann was once again preparing to come under the harsh glare of scrutiny after his team lost their CONCACAF Cup playoff match to Mexico 3-2 in extra time on Saturday.

Klinsmann had already been savaged by his critics after the U.S. produced their worst performance in 15 years at the Gold Cup in July, though his contract with U.S. Soccer is set to run through the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Oct 11, 2015

Mexico clinches CONCACAF Cup with 3-2 win over U.S.

PASADENA, California (Reuters) – Mexico won a pulsating CONCACAF Cup playoff match against the United States 3-2 in extra time at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday to book their place in the next Confederations Cup.

It was their first victory against the U.S. since they clinched the 2011 Gold Cup final played at the same venue, and earned them bragging rights in what has become an intense soccer rivalry over the past two decades.

Oct 11, 2015

Soccer-Mexico clinch CONCACAF Cup with 3-2 win over U.S.

PASADENA, California, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Mexico won a pulsating CONCACAF Cup playoff match against the United States 3-2 in extra time at the Rose Bowl on Saturday to book their place in next year’s Confederations Cup.

It was their first victory against the U.S. since they clinched the 2011 Gold Cup final played at the same venue, and earned them bragging rights in what has become an intense soccer rivalry over the past two decades.

Oct 10, 2015

Mets put the heat on the Dodgers as Kershaw fades

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Los Angeles had banked on a sizzling start to their National League Division Series on a hot Friday evening but it was the New York Mets who drew first blood in the opener.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Kershaw, looking weary after producing the good, bad and ugly with his pitching, exited the game in the top of the seventh before the Mets completed a 3-1 win in front of a shell-shocked crowd at Dodger Stadium.

Oct 9, 2015

U.S. and Mexico vie for Confederations Cup spot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Much more than just bragging rights and a title will be on the line when the United States and Mexico resume their intense soccer rivalry on Saturday with a CONCACAF Cup playoff match in Pasadena, California.

Also up for grabs will be a coveted spot to represent the CONCACAF region at the 2017 Confederations Cup, an eight-nation event to be held in Russia as a prelude to the 2018 World Cup.

Oct 9, 2015

Soccer-U.S. and Mexico vie for Confederations Cup spot

LOS ANGELES, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Much more than just bragging rights and a title will be on the line when the United States and Mexico resume their intense soccer rivalry on Saturday with a CONCACAF Cup playoff match in Pasadena, California.

Also up for grabs will be a coveted spot to represent the CONCACAF region at the 2017 Confederations Cup, an eight-nation event to be held in Russia as a prelude to the 2018 World Cup.

Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-U.S. Eagles running out of time in Cup quest

Oct 2 (Reuters) – As the United States prepare for their penultimate pool match at the Rugby World Cup, they are running out of time in their quest to hit their “minimum” target for success at the sport’s showpiece event.

On the eve of the tournament being staged in England and Wales, USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville had set the Eagles a benchmark goal of winning at least one of their four pool games in England and Wales.

Oct 2, 2015

Tough task for Spieth in building on 2015 success next year

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Having surpassed his own expectations by some distance on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, newly anointed Player of the Year Jordan Spieth is not yet sure what his goals will be as he prepares for next season.

Five victories, including two at the majors, highlighted a remarkable campaign for the American world number one and the only clear part of how he will try to build on that success next year will hinge on golf’s four blue riband events.

Oct 2, 2015

Golf-Spieth voted Player of the Year after ‘season to remember’

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – World number one Jordan Spieth capped a sensational season on Friday when, as had been widely expected, he was voted the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year after a 2014-15 campaign highlighted by two major victories among his five wins.

Spieth landed the coveted honour after clinching the first two majors of the season — the Masters and U.S. Open — before finishing one shot out of a British Open playoff in July and being runner-up at the PGA Championship in August.